No Mosques At Ground Zero


How high can you go? As the masjids compete at Ground Zero….
May 18, 2010, 5:19 am
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We took another look at the local masjids (there is more than one  in lower Manhattan) and the murderous devastation at Ground Zero that was caused by Muslim terrorists.

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It seems good sense and sensitivity are missing as these masjids compete to build larger and larger mosques at Ground Zero;  in a  city that remains under assault by Islamists  (most recently the Times Square bomber)

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And more on this from a  Fox News report  at Atlas Shrugs :

Smaller Mosque Near Ground Zero by Ed Barnes – FOXNews.comAs controversy surrounds the construction of a 13-story mosque just two blocks from Ground Zero, FOX News has learned that an effort to place a second mosque close to the hallowed site in New York City is in its advanced stages.

As controversy surrounds the construction of a 13-story mosque just two blocks from Ground Zero, FOX News has learned that an effort to place a second mosque close to the hallowed site in New York City is in its advanced stages.

The Masjid Mosque has raised $8.5 million and is seeking an additional $2.5 million to begin construction. While it apparently has not settled on a final location, it has told donors it plans to build very close to where 3,000 people were killed in the September 11 terror attacks.

In fact, the website appealing for donations boldly states that it plans to “build the ‘House of Allah’ next to the World Trade Center. Help us raise the flag of ‘LA ILLAH ILLA ALLAH’ in downtown Manhattan.”

One source said he believed the planners are considering a five-story building on 23 Park Place, closer to Ground Zero than the 13-story mosque the Cordoba Initiative is planning to build. But a tax record search shows that 23 Park Place is in private hands and has not changed owners since 2008.

Unlike the massive $100 million Cordoba House mosque, the Masjid Mosque is small – and it is no stranger to the neighborhood. Since 1970 it had been located at 12 Warren Street, about four blocks north of the World Trade Center, in a neat but nondescript industrial space that once housed a printing shop. It lost its lease in 2008 when the building was sold, and it was evicted from its second-floor prayer space on May 25 of that year. Since then it has been operating out a cramped basement space in a nearby building at 20 Warren Street.

On Friday evenings the mosque, which is popular with street vendors and taxi drivers, becomes so crowded that worshipers spill onto nearby sidewalks to pray in what has come to be a community event.

NMAGZ had reported previously  (on Jan 28, 2010) on these  local Ground Zero masjids: Looking for Masjids in Lower Manhattan:at No Mosques at Ground Zero

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23 Park Place (gold building is east of the “Ground Zero ” Mosque)

tan building is 23 Park Pl- poss masjid

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20 Warren Street (A half block from City Hall. Grey door says masjid)

the grey door says masjid (20 Warren St)-1/2 blk from City Hall

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245 West Broadway (the masjid “spill-over'”that is housed in the  Burlington Coat Factory at 51 Park Pl)

245 West Broadway book store/masjid

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Here’s  a complete slide show of the masjids and their environs ( bars, restaurants and city hall as well as Ground Zero)

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NMAGZ: Now what??

The sting of death remains strong  so perhaps this over-reach at Ground Zero  by the competing masjids was just what New York needed to rise up and say, NO MORE.

Go build your giant mosques elsewhere; NOT a Ground Zero!

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UPDATE: …as the Story grows….at the NY Post>>



NEVER FORGET 911:June 6, 2010: BE THERE!!
May 18, 2010, 2:02 am
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Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf: What did he know and WHEN did he know it!
May 17, 2010, 2:10 am
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Islam: Friend or Foe?

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is on record. NMAGZ received an urgent memo saying, ” ….in the strongest possible terms, get a copy of Rauf’s book “What’s Right with Islam is What’s Right with America.” (Also published as What’s Right with Islam.)

You can speak with great authority after reading it.”

They continued, “Rauf’s embrace of Shariah is all there, although he deliberately obscures the fact that Shariah is a non-secular form of government. And when speaking of  Shariah courts, Rauf is careful not to use the term Shariah as he  attempts to compare  Orthodox Jewish religious courts to Shariah compliant courts. He also trashes corporate capitalism while devoting several pages to the phenomenon of African American Muslims. “

There’s lots more so,” PLEASE, READ THE BOOK.”

The meticulous Alyssa Lappen wrote that Rauf’s book was published in Malaysia in 2007 under the title, “A Call to Prayer from the World Trade Center Rubble”. We’ve also been made aware of the book’ s subtitle: Islamic Da’wah from the Heart of America Post 9/11.” See also a picture of the book’s cover which shows the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline–minus the twin towers.” It was pointed out that “Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf certainly knows how to tailor his message to his audience.”

(Rauf in Malaysia in 2007, selling his book) .

And there is more at the Tribeca Trib where his wife Daisy Kahn is shown with her power point presentation…”… which should remove any doubt as to what they’ve said publically about their plans. The Tibeca Trib proclaimed:

CB1 Committee Hails Plans for a Mosque Two Blocks from WTC Site

By Matt Dunning
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf address Community Board 1's Financial  District Committee Wednesday night. Rauf's group, the Cordoba  Initiative, hopes to build a 13-story Islamic prayer and cultural center  on Park Place. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf address Community Board 1’s Financial District Committee Wednesday night.
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Rauf’s group, the Cordoba Initiative, hopes to build a 13-story Islamic prayer and cultural center on Park Place. A proposal for a mosque and Islamic cultural center, planned to go up on Park Place, less than 600 feet from the World Trade Center site, was met with unanimous and enthusiastic approval from Community Board 1 members May 5. (snip)

In place of the current building, where the Initiative has been hosting weekly prayer services since late last year, the group hopes to construct a gleaming 13-story worship, educational and cultural center. Daisy Khan, the Initiative’s executive director, said the center’s programming would be modeled after established religious community centers such as the 92nd Street Y.  “It’s going to be a place not only for Muslim activity, but interfaith activity of the highest order,” Khan said.

While planning for the new center—to be called the Cordoba House—is still in the preliminary stages, Khan said the Initiative hopes to outfit the $100 million facility with a 500-seat performing arts theater, fitness center, swimming pool, and library, as well as public conference rooms, basketball courts and restaurants. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who co-founded the Initiative with Khan following the Sept. 11 attacks, said the center’s construction would be the culmination of years of planning, as well as the physical manifestation of his group’s efforts to better integrate Muslims into the larger American culture. (snip)

“If we do this right, we want to franchise this concept, and build other Cordoba Houses like this in other American cities, and cities around the globe.”

The proposal, which some speculated might be met with criticism from Community Board 1, instead drew a round of applause from the board’s Financial District Committee during a presentation Wednesday night. The 12-member committee voted unanimously in support of the center’s construction.

Cordoba Initiative executive director Daisy Khan fields questions  about programming possibilities in her group's planned $100 million  cultural center.Cordoba Initiative executive director Daisy Khan fields questions about programming possibilities in her group’s planned $100 million cultural center.

“Everything I’ve seen here, I like very much,” committee chairman Ro Sheffe said following the group’s presentation. “I think it’s a wonderful asset to the community.” (snip)  However long it takes, committee member Pat Moore said new construction at 45 Park Place was long overdue. “Finally, we get that ugly space taken care of,” she said. (NMAGZ: That UGLY place still holds debris from one of the planes that hit the WTC)

(snip)….a wealth of endorsements from secular and faith-based organizations in the city—including the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum, the Jewish Community Relations Council, Trinity Church and the city’s Catholic Archdiocese— ( NMAGZ: perhaps it’s time to start-up a letter writing campaign) … (snip) KAHN CLAIMS: “Most of the resistance we’ve encountered has been from people who don’t know the Muslim community,” Khan said. “Its just fear of the unknown…”

The Financial District Committee’s support could be viewed as a significant victory for the project (snip) … events like the Time Square incident can be damaging to groups like the Cordoba Initiative, they can also be a call to action for peaceful advocates of the Islamic faith. “It sets us back, because we end up having to prove ourselves all over again,” Khan said. “On the other hand, it’s a huge motivator for us to push back against these kinds of extremist views and actions.” ( END Tribeca Trib article)

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NMAGZ: There’s much we must and can do.

1. ATTEND THE CB #1 MEETING on Tuesday evening, May 25 at 6:00 PM. Even though the Board wields no real power, their unanimous gesture is egregious and should be challenged!

Write letters. Make phone-calls.

Contact Mayor Bloomberg!

AND what of Mayor Bloomberg ? (Who has remained shamefully silent on the building of a mosque so close to Ground Zero.)

There’s always June 6th, 2010. Building bridges just might include a recommendation on  that symbolic day that Cordoba House  show some sensitivity towards the 9-11 families and build elsewhere. ( The added insult,  construction begins on Sept. 11, 2011)

It’s time Mayor Bloomberg to break the silence!

Stop this outrage.

Join us at the SIOA Rally at Ground Zero on  June 6, 2010.

BE THERE!!

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NY Post: “Ground Zero mosque team lacking funds amid bookkeeping chaos!”
May 16, 2010, 4:45 pm
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NMAGZ: The coverage grows as Fox News , the NY Post and the New York Daily News have gotten on-board. Following-the Money has “rich rewards” as this detailed article reveals, “Imam Raul may  be a little   “short on Allah dollars!” If you believe that…we’ve got some swamp-land you can purchase….

NY Post, May 16, 2010

Dreams by a Muslim group to build a mosque near Ground Zero may not match its means.

The ambitious and immediately controversial proposal to create the $100 million religious and cultural center does not seem to be backed by any cash.

The American Society for Muslim Advancement, which proposed the center, has assets of less than $1 million, according to its most recent audited financial statement.

A sister organization, the Cordoba Initiative, listed assets of less than $20,000 in 2008. Its tax filings do not disclose at least $60,000 in private contributions, a Post analysis found, raising questions about where the money went.

Deep-pocketed benefactors who have supported the groups in the past include the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal’s Kingdom Foundation, the government of Qatar and the World Economic Forum. But some of the foundations have already backed away from the mosque, which is to be called Cordoba House.

The driving forces behind the project, Feisal Abdul Rauf — a usually media-savvy imam — and his wife, Daisy Khan, have been tight-lipped on financing.

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They have said in brief statements that fund-raising has not started, (SNIP) Opponents are suspicious about who will foot the bill.

“I’d like to know who the hell is funding it,” said Bill Doyle, a leading advocate for families of those killed on 9/11. “There’s no question in my mind that somehow the rich Saudis are going to be approached.” (snip)

Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy in Phoenix, (snip) “I don’t believe that there are any foreign interests that would be helpful,” he said. (snip)

The building was purchased in July for $4.85 million by a group of companies tied to real estate developer Sharif El-Gamal. Gamal, who did not return calls seeking comment, presented plans for the mosque to a Community Board 1 committee last month, along with Rauf and Khan.

Gamal, on his Twitter page, said he presented plans to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s office and other city leaders.

“We will make this project happen!” he tweeted on March 24 after meeting with an Islamic doctors group. (snip)

Rauf, 61, who was born in Kuwait and raised in Malaysia, earned degrees in physics from Columbia University and Stevens Institute of Technology. He later became the imam of Masjid al Farah, a mosque in TriBeCa.

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Cordoba Initiative executive director Daisy Khan fields questions  about programming possibilities in her group's planned $100 million  cultural center. Carl Glassman / Tribeca Trib (Cordoba Initiative executive director Daisy Khan fields questions about programming possibilities in her group’s planned $100 million cultural center)

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Khan, 51, who was born in Kashmir, India, spent much of her career as an interior architect.

The couple owns an Upper West Side apartment and homes in North Bergen, NJ, and Malaysia. Rauf favors Armani and Brioni suits, luxury cars — he was considering a Mercedes E550 sedan — and fine silk and antique prayer rugs, according to Forbes.com.

Rauf and Khan founded the American Society for Muslim Advancement in 1997. The organization sponsors conferences on topics such as women’s rights, and presents cultural programs and interfaith initiatives.

In 2004, Rauf and Khan created the Cordoba Initiative with a similar mission of uniting cultures.

The groups list supporters that include the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation and Danny Kaye & Sylvia Fine Foundation.

But the Ford Foundation said the charity indirectly supported the Society for Muslim Advancement in 2006 with a travel stipend, and will not pay to build houses of worship. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund also said it does not fund construction.

Federal tax forms for the Cordoba Initiative show the group’s donations dwindled to zero in 2008 from a high of $80,250 in 2005. But the forms don’t tell the full story.

The Deak Family Foundation, a Westchester County-based charity, gave $30,000 to the Cordoba Initiative in 2008, according to the foundation’s tax filings. That donation was not recorded on Cordoba’s filings.

Another charity, the William & Mary Greve Foundation, gave Cordoba $32,000 in 2007, which the group did not record on its tax filings that year.

John Bennett, a former mayor of Aspen, Colo., who headed the Cordoba Initiative from 2005 to 2008, said he could not explain the discrepancies and directed questions to Rauf and Khan.

The Cordoba Initiative said it received “expert tax advice and is in compliance with all tax laws.”

The Koran clan: Key players in the plan to build a $100M Islamic religious center

Daisy Khan
* Wife of Feisal Abdul Rauf
* Executive director and co-founder of the American Society for Muslim Advancement; director of the Cordoba Initiative.
* Member of an educational advisory group to the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum.
* Born in India.

Feisal Abdul Rauf
* Imam of the Masjid al Farah mosque in TriBeCa.
* Author of “What’s Right With Islam Is What’s Right With America.”
* Born in Kuwait; educated in England, Egypt and Malaysia. Holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a master’s degree in plasma physics from Stevens Institute of Technology.
* Owns three homes, luxury cars, favors Armani suits.

Sharif El-Gamal
* CEO of Soho Properties. Primary investor in the $4.8 million purchase of 45 Park Place, address for proposed mosque.
* Three companies involved in the purchase of the building are tied to Gamal or to Soho Properties.
* Soho Properties spent $45.7 million for a 12-story Chelsea office building in 2009.

Rauf, Khan are founders of:

American Society for Muslim Advancement
* Nonprofit behind the proposed mosque. Founded in 1997 to “elevate the discourse on Islam and foster environments in which Muslims thrive.”
* Offices in Manhattan and North Bergen, NJ.
* Assets of less than $1M.

Cordoba Initiative
* Another nonprofit behind the mosque proposal. Founded in 2004 to promote positive interaction between the Muslim world and the West.
* Offices in Manhattan and Malaysia.
* Assets of $18,255 at the end of 2008.

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For complete articl go here>>

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NMAGZ: RALLY JUNE 6 at GROUND ZERO. FIGHT ON AMERICA. FIGHT ON!!




(video)Huckabee: Pamela Geller on Mosque at Ground Zero
May 16, 2010, 9:46 am
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May 15, 2010

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For more on June 6, 2010 Rally at Ground Zero



(video) Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf ramps up his taqiyya rhetoric….
May 15, 2010, 8:26 pm
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Fox News reports on plans for the Ground Zero mosque by the Cordoba Initiative. ” Rauf in this new video has stepped up his taqiyya rhetoric. Rauf  says,   “This project is about condemning terrorism.” (the outrage grows!)

More can be found  at Fox News>>

The 13-story mosque and cultural center will be built on the site of a four-story building that was a Burlington Coat Factory retail store until 9/11, when part of a plane’s landing gear crashed through the roof. The building, which will be razed, currently houses a mosque. The New York City Mayor’s office says “It’s private property, and the area is zoned for uses that include this one.”

Pamela Gellar, executive director of Stop Islamization of America, blasted the organization behind the plans, Cordoba Initiative, and its leader, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, saying the project is “an insulting flag of conquest of Islamic supremacism.”

Regarding the financing of the Cordoba Initiative: “… questions about the financing. [SNIP]  Imam Rauf, who’s also the founder of American Society for Muslim Advancement, ASMA, was an investor in that transaction. The balance of the $100-150 million total cost still needs to be raised, but Rauf says he’s confident it will be. Jasser says that with such a financial commitment, there needs to be full disclosure about where the money is coming from.

“There should be transparency about who those investors are,” he said, ” whether that money is coming from domestic interest or not  and if it’s coming from foreign interests we need to know  because I think that’s a liability  and it shows that there is another agenda rather than domestic security and tranquility.”

Rauf says of their  intent …. “[T]his is where we can amplify the voice of the moderates,” he says. “We have been condemning terrorism since 9/11; our voices have not been heard.” [SNIP] Burlingame says, “The idea that you would establish a religious institution that embraces the very Shariah Law that terrorists point to as their justification for what they did … to build that where almost 3,000 people died, that is an obscenity to me.  Burlingame said she plans to attend a meeting next week of the full Community Board One. She and other groups are ramping up their opposition to the project and promise to wage a long fight to defeat it.”

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Dhimmitude awaits us all if we allow these lies  to go unchallenged.

FIGHT ON!  FIGHT ON!!

MAY 25, 2010 at 6 PM- Community Board #1 will meet

BE THERE!!



Ground Zero Mosque, Muhammad R. Abdul Rauf (follow the money)
May 15, 2010, 3:40 am
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Update on the finances behind the HUGE 96th St  Islamic Cultural Center, Kuwait-born Faisal Abdul Rauf and the Ground Zero Mosque…. Connecting the dots…. Thank you!  Alyssa A. Lappen at Pajamas Media :

“The Ground Zero mosque plan is more than a little reminiscent of a program initiated by Rauf’s late father in 1965. That year, Muhammad R. Abdul Rauf moved to New York to plan and head a huge Islamic Cultural Center that took decades to realize (19). He bought prime Manhattan real estate at 96th St. and 3rd Ave — roughly two thirds of a city block — apparently with $1.3 million in funding from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Libya. The late Rauf long retained some of that land in a personal trust (19). But when construction started on the $17 million mosque in 1984, it had received funding from 46 Islamic nations. By 2010, the enormous Islamic complex had added another two buildings. Since 1984, its founders-envisioned apartment unit has been restricted to Muslims alone (20).”

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The surviving victims of 9/11 and families of the deceased should not be alone in opposing Rauf’s proposed 13-story mosque, 600 feet from the World Trade Center site. Traditionally, Muslims have destroyed houses of worship built by virtually every other faith under the sun. Worldwide, Islam has plundered tens of thousands (if not more) of Christian churches, Jewish synagogues and holy archaeological sites, plus Hindu, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, Sikh, and other temples and monasteries. Then, in the interest of jihad, Islam has claimed all these religious places of others as their own “mosques,” forever Muslim.

To allow a mosque at a place a Muslim gang destroyed on 9/11 would amount to formally blessing Islam’s 1,400-year-old tradition of exclusivity and suppression of all persons of all other faiths. It would be a 100% victory of Islam and sharia law over the U.S. Constitution and America’s time-honored democracy and pluralism.”

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NEVER AGAIN, NEVER FORGET! (a powerpoint of September 11)
May 15, 2010, 3:15 am
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WARNING: Churches and synagogues bought,turned into mosques
May 15, 2010, 2:09 am
Filed under: Islam and mosques, mayor bloomberg sells out

Thoughts from NMAGZ: There are some interesting details in the article below. Please read. Details such as, “There are over 140 mosques in New York City alone…”. There are 600,000 Muslims in Manhattan alone…58,000 Muslims living in Brooklyn, with 28 mosques….“. Possibly this number may not include many of the smaller masjids that are in store-fronts all-over Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. Perhaps this number is even larger. We should be VERY concerned. What follows  is the sad transformation of a synagogue in Queens in to a mosque. The same misfortune has befallen churches in too many communities that have been bought and turned into mosques. And now the tragic obliteration of a synagogue in to a mosque. It’s  a disturbing trend. The residents of this Queens neighborhood have also attempted to say No to a Mosque at their Community Board 15, and they lost.  How many of these battles can we afford to lose? Think about it….

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Gotham Gazette

Brooklyn Community Splits Sharply Over Proposed Mosque
by Farah Akbar
01 Mar 2010

Mosque in Flushing

“Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar,” yelled Mayor Ed Koch in Arabic on an exciting day for New York’s Muslim community in 1987. With his shout (which means “God is great”) Koch was present to celebrate the construction of the first mosque in New York City built from the ground up — the Islamic Cultural Center of New York on Riverside Drive.

Insert from NMAGZ regarding the BIG Mosque at E 96th St and 3rd Ave.

See article here from 1992 which was apparently built  by the Kuwaitis (minaret and all)and recent pictures that we took in 2009.

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Wonder if they’re blasting their hideous ‘Calls to Prayer” to the local infidels on E. 96th Street.  (see more pictures of the 96th st mosque here)

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Continuing with  the Gotham Gazette article :

Back then, the only significant obstacle to the mosque’s creation were funding problems, changing plans and internal feuding, all of which were eventually resolved.

Much, though, has changed in the past two decades. Now challenges to new mosques in New York City have grown to include some fresh problems, as the proponents of a new mosque in Sheepshead Bay have learned.

The proposed mosque, which does not yet have a name, has received the criticism that faces any establishment that tries to plant itself in a residential neighborhood: worries about parking problems, noise and the effect on property values. In the diverse waterfront Brooklyn community, the proposal to build a mosque also has become ensnared in allegations of bigotry on both sides, concerns about terrorism and debates about the Middle East. While the dispute there is the most heated in the city so far, it comes at a time when some other mosques in the metropolitan area have received increased scrutiny.

Creating Mosques

There are over 140 mosques in New York City alone, and since Sept. 2001, attitudes toward mosque building in New York City and Long Island have been mixed. In 2008, Temple Israel of Jamaica, then located in Holliswood, Queens, peacefully became the Bait-Uz-Zafar mosque. Due to a decrease in the number of conservative and reform Jewish congregations, the synagogue shifted hands with local Muslims of the Ahmadiyya sect to accommodate their growing numbers. Clergy members from several religious groups along with local politicians held a ceremony to mark the transformation from Jewish temple to Muslim mosque.

The Long Island Muslim Society, located in the quiet, suburban town of East Meadow, was at the center of attention in 2002 when it wanted to convert two homes that it used as its headquarters into a traditional mosque and school. The construction plans drew protests from some residents who complained about increased traffic and parking problems. The mosque received a permit to build the structure in 2007 after a long struggle.

The Parkchester Jame Masjid in 2009 became the first mosque in the Bronx to ask permission to use electronic amplification to perform the Muslim call to prayer, the “adhan.” The adhan, which lasts for less than two minutes, is supposed to sound five times a day to call worshippers to pray, but mosque officials agreed to request permission to air the adhan only four times a day, skipping the early morning call. The mosque rescinded its request for the permit back in November when mosque leaders flew to Mecca to make the hajj pilgrimage but are once again seeking permission for its use.

The Cordoba Institute has purchased an abandoned building two blocks away from Ground Zero and plans to turn it into an Islamic center. Formerly leased to the Burlington Coat Factory, the building now used to accommodate the overflow of worshippers from Al-Farah mosque in Tribeca. According to an article in the New York Times, Mayor Bloomberg’s spokesperson Andrew Brent has said, “If it’s legal, the building owners have a right to do what they want.”

Not everyone agrees. Some opponents of the mosque have started a website called No Mosques at Ground Zero. It demands that Bloomberg “honor those murdered on Sept. 11, 2001 by not permitting a mosque to be built on Ground Zero.” The creators of the website did not answer requests to be interviewed for this story.

Some elected officials are not shy about expressing their own negative views of Muslims and mosques. In 2007, Republican Rep. Peter King of Long Island said in an interview with Politico.com, “We have, unfortunately, too many mosques in this country. I’m aware of ones in New York. To me, they certainly raise suspicion, they should be looked at carefully.” On another occasion, he referred to Muslims as “an enemy living amongst us.”

And Koch, who appeared to have given his blessings for the construction of the Islamic Cultural Center 23 years ago, recently said on Neil Cavuto’s show on Fox News that “hundreds of millions of Muslims are terrorists.”

A Divided Community

New York City is home to over 600,000 Muslims, according to a study by Columbia University. The Association of Religion Data Archives found, that, as of the year 2000, there were nearly 58,000 Muslims living in Brooklyn, many of whom live in Bay Ridge, Coney Island and near the western part of Atlantic Avenue. There are over 28 mosques in Brooklyn alone.

The vacant lot on 2812 Voorhies Ave, has been purchased by Allowey Ahmed, a Yemeni-American who has lived in Brooklyn for over 40 years, in partnership, with the Muslim American Society. The new mosque will be four stories high and will house a community center as well as classrooms.

When Ahmed submitted plans for the mosque’s construction to the Department of Buildings in July 2009, it called for a minaret. His proposal was rejected but he submitted a second plan, and is now proceeding with construction of the mosque without the minaret. In an article on Sheepsheadbites.com, Ken Lazar, the Department of Building’s community affairs liaison, said that religious institutions may build “as of right” so long as they fit in with zoning regulations.

The Muslim American Society has accused some residents of bigotry against Muslims.

A group called The Bay People has distributed leaflets urging people to “Say NO to mosque at 2812 Voorhies Avenue.” A petition against the mosque’s construction has made its way onto the Internet. The petition charges that the Muslim American Society has associations with organizations and individuals that espouse anti-Semitic views, and that it supports terrorist groups, encourages suicide bombings and rejects Israel’s right to exist. So far, 293 people have signed the petition.

In particular, critics have targeted Mahdi Bray, executive director of the Muslim American Society’s Freedom Foundation and an outspoken critic of Israeli policies.

The Muslim American Society denies it has ties to terrorists or anti-Semites. Theresa Scavo, chair of Community Board 15, has called the creators of the flier ignorant people who understand neither the spirit nor the letter of American law guaranteeing freedom of religion.

At a January civic association meeting, Scavo reportedly said that those opposed to the mosque might have a better chance if they stuck to issues such as parking and traffic. “If you want to succeed, do not use the word mosque. Do not use the word Muslim. Request the traffic reports. Go take photos of the double parking at the other mosques during calls to prayer. Have [the opponent] done that? No. Because they’re lazy. You can’t just go with your mouth. You need paper,” she said.

The City Councilmember from the area , Lewis Fidler, has defended the mosque, saying “To make a decision that because this is a mosque and for no other reason that this will be a haven for hate or terror is over the top.”

Neighbor vs. Neighbor

At a recent Community Board meeting, Sheepshead Bay residents — including some who support the mosque and others who oppose it — packed a large room at Kingsborough Community College. Though discussion of the mosque was not on the meeting’s agenda, the board allowed concerned residents to speak.

One Muslim man said at the community board meeting that the Muslims of Sheepshead Bay do not have a place of worship within walking distance and thus have to travel to worship. “I am sorry to hear what our neighbors are saying, it really hurt. We would like to worship God the same way like everyone else does, according to their own concept of God. This should not be too much to ask in these United States of America.”

A resident named Stephanie who called herself a “Sweda-Rican” spoke against the mosque, eliciting several rounds of applause from the audience. “What troubled me most about this was portraying people who don’t think this mosque is a good idea as racist. I am not a racist.”

“We have a good reason for our concern. It is simply rational fear. We must be honest,” the woman said.

Mohammed Razvi, a Pakistani who founded of the Council of Peoples Organization and is co-founder of the We Are All Brooklyn coalition, urged all residents of the neighborhood to unite. “We should all come together to address those concerns. It’s everyone’s community,” he said to the crowd calmly. “Brooklyn is an example of how peace can be achieved throughout the state, throughout the world. Please uphold that”

Fear Factor?

“My neighborhood will die,” complains Greg Kalman in a thick Russian accent.

Kalman represents The Bay People. He said he is concerned about a decrease in parking in the area and thinks that property values will drop because if the mosque opens and result in an exodus of homeowners out of Sheepshead Bay.

In a telephone interview, Kalman said that he was frightened that tenets of radical Islam will be taught in the mosque. Kalman, who is Jewish, immigrated to the United States from Azerbaijan, a Muslim country in Central Asia carved out of the Soviet Union. Though he says he never had any problems with his Muslim neighbors in his home country or in Sheepshead Bay, he is still wary. “I put a menorah on my window during Hanukkah,” he said. “I don’t know if someone will come in and break my window.”

“I am not a racist,” he insisted. “I don’t think that the majority of Muslims are radicalized, but there is the possibility that a small percentage can become radicalized. People are afraid.”

He also accused the Muslim community of Sheepshead Bay of being too insular. “I talk to the Italians, the Russians, but the Muslims don’t talk to anybody,” he said.

To bolster his charge that the mosque backs the Palestinian group Hamas, Kalman cites a 2000 video of Mahdi Bray attending a demonstration in Lafayette Park in Washington D.C. In the clip, Bray nods and raises his hand as the speaker asks the audience whether anyone is a supporter of Hamas, which governs Gaza. The U.S. government classifies Hamas as a terrorist organization, but some nations, including the United Kingdom and Australia, only consider Hamas’ military wing as a terrorist organization.

An outspoken critic of American foreign policy in the Middle East, Bray denies that he harbors any prejudice against Jews and said his work with interfaith organizations is testament to this, “I reject the idea that criticism of Israel makes you an anti-Semite,” he said.

Bray also disputes a statement on the online petition saying that the Muslim American Society “has a troubling history of associations with radical organizations and individuals that promote terrorism.” He said that the society has developed youth programs to steer youngsters away from the path of religious radicalism.

While Bray urged mosque officials to try to address all the concerns of the community and accommodate their needs, he thinks that complaints about parking, noise and property values are “pretexts” for simply not wanting a mosque. “Those are not the major issues,” he said.

An online petition in favor of the proposed mosque has made its appearance on the Internet as well. That petition has so far gathered 583 signatures of support.

“We are the new kids on the block,” Bray said of Muslim Americans. “We are going to build this mosque and we don’t have to apologize for anything. Let the bigots scream.”


Fight On, America FIGHT ON.

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June 2, 2010- Rally to Say  No to the Mosque at Ground Zero

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And  6  PM –Tuesday, May 25, 2010, attend the meeting at Community Board 1

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The Next COMMUNITY BOARD 1 MEETING is MAY 25!
May 15, 2010, 12:42 am
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Thanks to Atlas Shrugs for the update:

Last week, the Community Board 1 finance committee, composed of 12 people, voted unanimously in support  the mosque after Imam Rauf and his wife Daisy Khan, made a presentation. No one knew about this meeting;  no public announcement was made.   The matter will now go to the full  committee (more than 40 people).  The full committee of Community Board 1 will be meeting on May 25.  WE NEED YOU ALL TO ATTEND TO VOICE YOUR OPPOSITION.

Community Board 1 has no legal authority.  Their “approval” or disapproval is in no way binding on the matter, but the media will be there and we need to send a message to Rauf, Khan and Mayor Bloomberg:  This is wrong.  This will do terrible harm to the 9/11 family community.

May 25, 2010    Community Board  #1 Monthly Meeting at 6:00 PM
Three Legged Dog Art and Technology Center
80 Greenwich Street (at Rector Street)

From Bill Doyle, 911 family member and father of the beloved Joey Doyle,

Plans have been announced to build a mega-mosque and cultural center at 45 Park Avenue, just 600 feet from the footprint of the north tower at the World Trade Center site.  The building housed the Burlington Coat Factory, which was reportedly damaged in the attacks and which has stood vacant all these years.  It’s owners sold the building to Soho Properties for $4.85 million dollars in cash.  Yes, CASH.  Soho properties CEO Sharif Al-Gamal has not identified the company’s other investors, but we know that one of them is Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, founder of the Cordoba Initiative www.cordobainitiative.org.  Rauf has ties to Gulf money and has received funding from the Malaysian government, the location of the largest Muslim population in the world.  Malaysia embraces shariah law and has separate shariah courts.  In January, three Christian churches were fire-bombed after a Catholic newspaper referred to the Christian God as “Allah.”   Rauf wrote that while this might have been legal, it was “socially inappropriate” because it upset the Muslim community, 60% of the population.   He also maintains that the Prophet Mohammed was “the world’s first feminist” and that the two biggest myths about Islam was that it promotes terrorism and that it oppresses women.  He says the prophet Mohammed was “the world’s first feminist.”  He embraces shariah law and says that it is a benign set of pious rules which are completely compatible with the U.S. Constitution.

Rauf is the imam of the Masjid Al-Farah mosque, a storefront mosque in Tribeca.  He and his wife, Daisy Khan, (executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement–founded by Rauf) have told the media that the mosque is needed in this location to meet the needs of the Muslim population there.  They hope to “grow the Muslim community” in lower Manhattan.  They specifically chose this site because of its proximity to ground zero.  They want to change the narrative about 9/11.  They contend that the 19 hijackers “were not Muslims.”  They believe building a mosque there would amount to “something positive” coming out of 9/11.
911 Mosque Facts Sheet:
Rauf has stated that the U.S. was complicit in the attacks because of its foreign policy which victimized Muslims.  He maintains that terrorism will not end until the U.S. brokers a peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israel and the U.S. stops humiliating Muslims.
Rauf and Khan are saying that:
–the National September 11 Memorial and Museum Foundation has endorsed the plan.  ABSOLUTELY FALSE
–Daisy Khan is an “advisor” to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum Foundation. FALSE. There is no formal relationship.
–300 Muslims were killed on 9/11.  FALSE; around 20 have been identified. The victims were never identified anywhere by religion unless families did so.  There is no evidence that 300 victims were Muslims.
–they are not building a mosque, just a prayer space and a cultural center.  FALSE (see the description of Cordoba House here www.cordobainitiative.org;  “…the mosque…”)

The media incorrectly reported that Community Board 1 “approved” the plan at a meeting on May 5th.  In fact, the finance committee, composed of 12 people, voted unanimously in support after Rauf and Khan made a presentation.  The matter will now go to the full  committee (more than 40 people).  The full committee will be meeting on May 25.  WE NEED YOU ALL TO ATTEND TO VOICE YOUR OPPOSITION.  CB1 has no legal authority.  Their “approval” or disapproval is in no way binding on the matter, but the media will be there and we need to send a message to Rauf, Khan and Mayor Bloomberg:  this is wrong.  This will do terrible harm to the 9/11 family community.


ALSO REMEMBER: There will be a rally on June 6 at Ground Zero ( specific location soon to be announced)
Updates can be found at http://sioaonline.com/
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Please write to Mayor Bloomberg to voice your objection to the outrage. Bloomberg is Chairman of the National September 11 Memorial Foundation and has donated some $15 million of his own money to the project, the Cordoba House.
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Contact — Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Hall. (Write him every day!!)
PHONE 311 (or 212-NEW-YORK outside NYC)

FAX (212) 788-8123

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The 12-member Financial District Committee who unanimously approved this abomination: GO HERE, BE POLITE.
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And Community Board 1 Members who gave them the authority to do so: GO HERE, BE POLITE.
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Email: man01@cb.nyc.gov
Telephone:
Fax: (212) 442-5055
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Address:
49-51 Chambers Street Room 715
New York, NY 10007-1209
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Staff
Noah Pfefferblit, District Manager
Michael Levine, Director of Planning and Land Use
Yume Kitasei, Community Liaison
Lucy Acevedo, Community Coordinator
Media and other links:
9/11 Families Oppose Mosque here

Rally Press Release

Facebook Group Opposed at 20,000 and counting




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